We’ve just uncovered a nighttime video of the Mars Rover Art Car at Camp Tsunami, August 2014!
As we begin preparation for Dustiny’s THIRD trip to the playa, we’re feeling a little nostalgic. They say you never forget your first time, and in the case of the Mars Rover Art Car’s first trip to the playa, that is very true. Here are some of our favorite photos from Burning Man 2013.
The Captain and the Admiral
It took a ridiculous amount of work to get here, and it didn’t even kill their friendship! In fact, the long hours of building, solving problems, sweating, commiserating, and encouraging each other to keep going, created a strong friendship. The Admiral and Captain Everything are best friends for life. And eternally grateful to the rest of the MRAC crew!
Street Legal!Well, street legal in Black Rock City anyway! All art cars need to pass inspection and be approved by the Department of Mutant Vehicles. Here’s Dustiny getting licensed for playa-driving, as Motorbike Matt, Captain Everything, and Mama Overlord excitedly look on.
The Mars Rover Art Car was invited inside the perimeter so we could broadcast the burn of the Man over the internet! One of our main goals for the trip to BRC with the MRAC was to broadcast back to the default world, just like the Mars Curiosity Rover broadcasts back to Earth from Mars. Being able to do this was an honor and a privilege that we’ll never forget.
Broadcasting the Burn would not have been possible without this incredible team — Matt and Marc worked technological magic and got us online in a mostly-internetless environment. They kept the equipment running through dust and smoke.
Basically, these guys totally rocked Burn Night.
Matt and Marc keeping the cameras streaming while Rovernauts watch the Man burn. Major Tom standing beside the Rover with his camera. His photos from Burn Night are amazing. And we’ll be posting them soon. Stay tuned!
A Wonderful First Trip to the Playa
This was not only Dustiny’s first trip to the playa. It was also Mama Overlord’s first trip. The Admiral was thrilled that his amazing wife had such a wonderful time at Burning Man. She is a true Burner. Her enthusiasm is contagious and she also gets huge kudos for putting up with the Rovernaut crew building art at her home for the past 3+ years!
On March 4, three members of the MRAC crew — Charles White, Rachel Willman, and Justin Wardell — attended the premiere screening of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” in Los Angeles.
“I saw the Mars Rover Art Car that went to Burning Man, and thought that was cool,” said Dr. Tyson.
Part One: The Desert Wizards of Mars bring the Mars Rover Art Car to Burning Man 2013.
Yes, we made it to Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult!
Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our crew, and the generous support from our fans, we launched to Burning Man as planned. This video, compiled and edited by Admiral Jet Burns, chronicles the first part of the journey to the playa.
The Mars Rover Art Car is done!
No more scheduled builds, but there will be a few “hero builds” where a subject matter expert is putting finishing touches on the car.
The final build weekend:
Over the past several months of the summer, there has been some very hard work done on the Mars Rover Art Car.
Here are a few examples:
On the road again…The Mars Rover Art Car (under heavy construction) is out on a road test. We be a rov’n rov’n rov’n!!!
Say ‘Cheese’ little rover…
(Your exclusive sneak peek during the construction of MRAC). Note: This is still under heavy construction and since this photo much has been done.
Including the installation of the LED Television on the front of the car that will play landing videos.
A small strike team of Rovernauts went on an away team mission to the Rental Car Rally from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon and survived.
It’s been simply amazing what has transpired this summer. The burn is less then 2 months away now and events are happening. The most recent being the Mars Rover Art Car (MRAC) used as the DJ table / stage for a White party at the Opulent Temple and Steampunk Saloon’s ‘Sacred Dance’.
The blue lights are “silent disco” where the DJ broadcasts the music through the air to the special headsets. The white cones are not ours, but they were setup by the hosts and really gave us that awesome Dancetronaut vibe to which we got a lot of great comments.
The Mars Rover Art Car being built by the Desert Wizards of Mars, a Los Angeles collaborative art group, are presently building the Mars Rover Art Car. Here the inner skeleton is finished and painted, while the wheels are mocked up for placement.
[Click on picture] We are presently working on our Kickstarter funding site to make this happen. We are also applying for some possible grant money for our instruments… BUT… we need some cash now to continue the build. If you are as excited as we are (and that little girl) then please donate through the safe method of PayPal.
THANK YOU! Each person donating will be kept on record for some swag rewards and kickback when our Kickstarter page goes online.